Children’s Ministry

The Children’s Ministry of St. Mark Presbyterian Church provides an atmosphere of community, family and unconditional love that fosters happy, connected and faithful children. We welcome all as we teach about the Bible and God’s unending love for each of us, encouraging service as we respond to needs beyond our church walls, and grow in Christian fellowship with one another.

Sunday School
All PreK – 5th grade students are invited to Sunday School each Sunday during 10 am worship service, immediately following the Children’s Message. In addition to our in-person lessons, there are links to our lesson videos below by age group:


September Pre-K Online Experience
“Toy Box”
Who is always with you? God is always with me. This is what we hope you will hear your Preschooler say as they learn about Moses, Deborah, Rehab, and Esther. So even when your preschooler can’t find their favorite stuffy or blanket – or even when they are facing something greater, they can know in their heart that God is always with them too!


September Elementary Online Experience
“Ready For Launch”
Taking initiative means that we’re always on the lookout for things that need to be done. And when we see a way that we can help, we launch into action—without having to be asked. This month, we are learning with Nehemiah.

September Preteen Online Experience
The “So & So” Show
The Preteen online experience! This month we will be learning how important it is to “Take the initiative”- Wk 1 is all about not waiting for someone else to do what we can do; Wk 2 – we learn how to make things right in a wrong situation; Wk 3 – Rehab will teach us how to stay focused during tough times; & Wk 4 – We learn to celebrate what God has done.

Wednesday Evening Program include curriculum-based activities and lessons for PreK – 5th grade students from 6:00 – 7:00 pm starting September 15.

Nursery
Nursery Care for ages 0-2yrs is available Sunday Mornings from 9:45 – 11:00 am.

Saints and Sibs
Children and their siblings gather for fun activities and mission projects once a month on Sunday afternoon.

Upcoming Children’s Ministries Events
Check out the calendar for all upcoming activities!

Due to Covid-19 precautions:
St. Mark Children’s Ministries are committed to creating events that promote safe-distancing and we encourage the use of masks whenever and wherever they are required.
Children must have a completed Permission Form on file to participate in Children’s Ministries activities. A copy of the Permission Form can be downloaded here. Please complete and email to childrenministry@discoverstmark.org.
Fillable Children & Youth Permission 2021-2022

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For more information about our programs for children, contact Latisha Gilliland, Director of Children’s Ministry, at lgilliland@discoverstmark.org

Youth Ministries

Youth at St. Mark, from Middle School through High School, are engaged in not only fellowship but also classes, mission trips, service projects and other opportunities to grow their faith.

Youth Group
Students grade 6-12 are invited to participate in fun, fellowship, snacks, games, and Bible Study each Wednesday evening from 6 pm – 7 pm. Youth are welcome to bring friends with prior permission from their parents and notification to the youth leadership team.

Youth Hangout
Join us one Sunday each month from 4 – 6 pm for an extended amount of HANGOUT time either on-site in the youth lounge or off-site for activities like a movies, skating, and hiking.

Youth Led Worship
Once a year, for an entire weekend, the youth (both middle school and senior high) plan and lead worship. Youth Led Worship is a wonderful opportunity for the congregation to experience worship leadership from a unique perspective, to support our young leaders, and provides chances for our youth to use their gifts and talents to lead us.

Youth are invited to serve as worship Liturgists throughout the year — call Pastor MP if you wish to serve as a Liturgist.

Confirmation Class
Confirmation classes are held Sunday mornings at 9 am beginning September 19. Students in Middle School and High School who are ready to explore their faith are invited to attend classes, participate in mission activities, lock-ins, and learn about the Bible, the Christian faith, the mission of the church, and what it means to be Presbyterian.

Upon completion of the course, the students have the option to be confirmed during worship and be received as new members of St. Mark Presbyterian Church.
*Contact Pastor MP or the church office (636-394-2233) for more information.

Youth Calendar
Check out the calendar for all upcoming activities!
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Youth need to have a completed Permission Form on file before attending Youth events. A copy of the fillable permission form can be downloaded here. Please complete and email to youth@discoverstmark.org.
Fillable Children & Youth Permission 2021-2022

For more information about our programs for youth, contact Rev. MP Panco, Associate Pastor Youth and Children, at mpanco@discoverstmark.org

Boy Scouts: Cub Scout Pack 631 and Scout Troop 631

Contact information for Scouting activities is available from the church office.

Cub Pack 631
Sponsored by and meets at St. Mark Church. Pack meetings are held once a month and den meetings twice a month during the school year. The pack is made up of Cub Scouts in grades one through five. Activities this past year included the Pinewood Derby, Blue and Gold Banquet, Rain Gutter Regatta and Scouting for Food.

Scout Troop 631
Sponsored by and meets at St. Mark Church. Considered one of the top Boy Scout troops in the Greater St. Louis Area Council and has produced well over 200 Eagles since formed in 1966; this is one of the highest percentages of Eagle scouts from the number of boys that join. Activities this past year included: the traditional cabin camp-out at Babler State Park to work on merit badges, the President’s Day outing bus trip, Crossover at Camp Beaumont, rock climbing and rappelling at S-F Scout Ranch, and Summer Camp at S-F Scout Ranch.

Links of Interest
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Greater St. Louis Area Council
National BSA Council